Friday, February 18, 2022

Easy Baked Apples With Oatmeal Crumble Topping (Vegan Recipe)

Easy Baked Apples With Oatmeal Crumble Topping (Vegan Recipe)

Classic baked apples with tasty oatmeal crumble topping are so easy to make and are a perfect comforting dessert for fall and winter.

Baked apples are a classic comfort food dessert. Add a crumbly, slightly sweet, crispy oatmeal topping and you have a suitably delicious alternative to apple pie, without the oil-laden pie crust. These baked apples with oatmeal crumble topping make for a healthy, delicious dessert that couldn't be simpler to make. And the recipe calls for a short list of handy ingredients. The result is very much like an apple crisp, with a little less fuss involved.

Organic Washington Apples

For this cozy baked apples recipe, I used Organic Washington apples in the Honeycrisp variety, but other firm, sweet apples like Organic Washington Granny Smith apples would work wonderfully too. Washington State is known as one of the premier apple-growing areas in the world and the growing conditions make Washington an ideal region to grow organic apples.

*This post is sponsored by Organic Washington apples. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

Easy Baked Apples With Oatmeal Crumble Topping (Vegan Recipe)

Cut Apples in Half For Simplicity

For this baked apples recipe, I suggest cutting two apples in half (through the stem and end) rather than baking whole apples. I find that half an apple, along with oatmeal crumble topping and a nice scoop of vegan ice cream, makes the perfect serving size. Cutting the apples in half also makes it easier to remove the cores and stems. 

Once you cut the apples in half, place them in a baking dish with the skin side down/cut side up.

Prep The Easy Oatmeal Crumble Topping

This oatmeal crumble topping is a variation of the topping on this Anything Goes Fruit Crisp. It's gently sweet and a little buttery, for a touch of decadent dessert goodness. 

The topping is a simple mix of:

  • light spelt flour (all-purpose flour will work too)
  • hearty oats
  • coconut sugar
  • salt
  • maple syrup
  • light oil such as light olive oil or grapeseed oil

Simply stir the dry ingredients together in a bowl and then mix in the wet ingredients - no heating required.

At first glance, it may appear that you have too much oat topping for your apples, but that's not the case. Trust me, smoosh every bit of topping onto the apples! You'll be rewarded with a generous amount of oatmeal crumble with each bite of tasty baked apple. The pairing of smooth, sweet apple with crispy baked oats is a winning combination.

Easy Baked Apples With Oatmeal Crumble Topping (Vegan Recipe)

Bake Them Apples!

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake the apple halves in an oven heated to 375°F for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes, or until the apples are soft. 

Bonus, as these baked apples cook, they fill the kitchen with the comforting, cozy aroma of apples and baked oats!

Serve the baked apple halves with vegan ice cream or coconut whipped topping and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Baked Apple Variations

For a tasty cinnamon baked apple, sprinkle the apple halves with cinnamon or a cinnamon sugar mix before piling on the oatmeal crumble topping. You could also use a pumpkin pie spice blend. Feel free to sprinkle raisins or dried cranberries onto your apples too!

Easy Baked Apples With Oatmeal Crumble Topping (Vegan Recipe)

Baked Apples Make A Great Dessert for Family and Friends

Easy baked apples are a great dessert for the family - getting more nutritious apples into the kids is always a good thing! They are also impressive enough as dessert for guests, especially with a vegan ice cream or coconut whipped cream topping and a drizzle of sweet maple syrup or a sprinkling of raisins.

Washington State Organic Apples

Why Organic Washington Apples?

Washington State grows more than 90% of U.S. certified organic apples. The nutrient-rich soil, arid climate, plentiful water and advanced growing practices provide the right ingredients for producing top-quality fruit. Organic Washington apples are available in every key variety and each apple is picked by hand.

One medium apple (180g) has just 72 calories and 19 carbohydrates, and is a source of fibre and Vitamin C. Canada’s Food Guide recommends 7 to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, and a medium apple is a single fruit serving. Apples make a great portable snack on the run!

3 Easy Tips for Selecting the Best Apples

  • Choose apples with shiny, not dull skin. Shiny apples are crisp and tasty!

  • Select apples that feel firm when you give them a gentle squeeze.

  • Avoid apples with bruises or punctures.

To Refrigerate or Not to Refrigerate?

Organic Washington apple growers recommend that you refrigerate apples for best quality. Apples stay freshest when refrigerated in the crisper.

Questions for you

What's your favourite dessert apple? What is your favourite snacking apple?

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Easy Baked Apples With Oatmeal Crumble Topping (Vegan Recipe)

Easy Baked Apples With Oatmeal Crumble Topping (Vegan) Recipe

(4 servings)

Easy Baked Apples With Oatmeal Crumble Topping (Vegan Recipe)

  • 2 Organic Washington Apples (I used Honeycrisp here)

    For the Crumble Topping:

    ½ cup light spelt flour

    ½ cup large flake oats

    ¼ cup coconut sugar

    ⅛ teaspoon salt

    2 ½ tablespoons light oil (such as light olive oil or grapeseed oil)

    2 tablespoons maple syrup


Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Cut the apples in half through the stem and end. Using a spoon, scrape out the core and stem.

Place apple halves in an 8” x 8” baking dish, cut side up.

For the Crumble Topping:

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, oats, sugar and salt until well mixed. Add oil and maple syrup and stir.

Divide crumble topping among the 4 apple halves, pressing into the recessed centres slightly. 

Cover the dish with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes, until the apples are soft. 

Serve with vegan ice cream or coconut whipped topping and a drizzle of maple syrup.


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